Ricardo advances hydrogen engine; testing prototype at University of Brighton

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Ricardo will be testing the prototype at the engine development facility at the University of Brighton—the company’s long-term combustion engine research partner.

DOE awards $20M to project to produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $20 million in funding to a project to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power. This approach will allow clean hydrogen to serve as a source for zero-carbon electricity and represent an important economic product for nuclear plants beyond electricity.


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Siemens Energy teams up with Duke Energy, Clemson University to study hydrogen use

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Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy’s combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina. This partnership combines the experience, expertise and perspectives of Siemens Energy as the technology developer, Clemson University as the beneficiary and Duke Energy as the owner and operator of the asset.

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Clean Air Power partners with Queens University, Belfast on dual-fuel combustion for light-duty diesels

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Clean Air Power, a leading developer of dual-fuel engine management systems for heavy-duty diesel engines, has begun a collaborative research project with Queens University, Belfast (QUB) to develop a dual-fuel combustion process for application in small-cylinder diesel engines used in the light-duty automotive market. —John Pettitt, CEO of Clean Air Power.

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ARPA-E awards $175M to 68 novel clean energy OPEN 2021 projects

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The selected projects—spanning 22 states and coordinated at universities, national laboratories, and private companies—will advance technologies for a wide range of areas, including electric vehicles, offshore wind, storage and nuclear recycling. Cornell University. Stanford University. The Ohio State University. Carnegie Mellon University. University of Washington. University of California, Berkeley. Columbia University.

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Double-duty catalyst generates hydrogen fuel while cleaning up wastewater

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Researchers from Sun-Yat Sen University in China report in an open-access paper in ACS ES&T Engineering the development of a catalyst that destroys medications and other compounds already present in wastewater to generate hydrogen fuel, getting rid of a contaminant while producing something useful.

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Clean Air Power awarded 1y extension to funded project with Brunel University for next-gen dual fuel system

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Clean Air Power has been awarded an additional one-year extension to its 2-year funded research project with Brunel University London, aimed at developing the next generation of advanced dual-fuel combustion systems. The additional funding will enable further investigation and optimization of Clean Air Power’s second-generation MicroPilot technology on heavy duty dual-fuel engines operating in advanced low-emission combustion modes.

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DOE invests $65M at national laboratories and US universities to advance nuclear technology

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The awards fall under DOE’s nuclear energy programs called the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET), and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). Nuclear Energy University Program ($55M). million through NEUP to support 57 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 24 states. Additionally, 21 university-led projects will receive more than $5.7

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Saudi Aramco joins Rice University’s Carbon Hub; coproduction of hydrogen and advanced carbon materials from hydrocarbons

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Aramco) has joined Carbon Hub, a research initiative led by Rice University to develop sustainable uses of hydrocarbons. Launched in 2019, Carbon Hub supports a zero-emissions future where clean hydrogen energy and advanced carbon materials are coproduced efficiently and sustainably from hydrocarbons. The goal is to accelerate the development and deployment of large-scale technologies that coproduce clean hydrogen fuel and carbon materials from hydrocarbons.

Researchers show clean solid–electrolyte/electrode interfaces double capacity of solid-state Li batteries

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V versus Li/Li + in solid-state Li batteries with contamination-free clean Li 3 PO 4 /LiNi 0.5 This clean interface has the effect of doubling the capacity of conventional battery cycling between the Li 0 Ni 0.5

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Inside the Universe Machine: The Webb Space Telescope’s Chilly Sun Shield

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After more than 25 years’ work and technological hurdles beyond counting, the Webb team has launched and stationed its mammoth observatory in solar orbit—and brought its instruments below 40 kelvins (minus 233 ºC), cold enough to see the early universe more than 13.5

New flying/driving robot developed at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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An experimental robot drone that flies like a typical quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces using the same motors, has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. The robot can also be used in agriculture, maintenance, cleaning, filming, and entertainment, as well as law enforcement and anti-terrorist applications.

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University of Surrey launches global research center on air pollution

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The University of Surrey is launching a new multi-disciplinary research center next week to tackle air pollution. The Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) will see the University leading on collaborative, cutting-edge research to identify an action plan to ensure “clean air for all”. NEST-SEAS is funded by the UGPN partners from Universities of Surrey, Wollongong, Sao Paulo, and North Carolina State University.

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C-Zero raises $11.5M Series A to produce clean hydrogen from natural gas via methane pyrolysis

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C-Zero’s technology, which was initially developed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, uses innovative thermocatalysis to split methane into hydrogen and solid carbon in a process known as methane pyrolysis. C-Zero Inc., a pioneer in natural gas decarbonization, recently raised $11.5 million in a Series A funding round co-led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Eni Next, with participation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and AP Ventures.

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Clean Energy Ventures leads investment battery startups Nth Cycle and Volexion; upstream, downstream

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Clean Energy Ventures , a $110-million venture capital firm investing in early-stage climate tech startups, is leading the investments in two battery startups: one in the upstream ( N th Cycle ) and one in the downstream ( Volexion ).

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Kanazawa University-led researchers recycle rare-earth elements from spent fluorescent lamps by chemical/mechanical treatment

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A team led by Kanazawa University in Japan has developed a cleaner method for the recycling of several rare earths (REs) such as yttrium (Y) and europium (Eu) used as phosphors in fluorescent lamps (FLs). Credit: Kanazawa University. Recycling REs will be vital for sustainable technology, and we hope to show that it can be done cleanly and efficiently.

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Syzygy raises $5.8M in Series A to develop photocatalytic platform for clean chemical and fuel manufacturing

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Licensed from Rice University, the “antenna-reactor” plasmonic photocatalyst has been published in leading academic journals such as Science , Nature , and PNAS. Based upon two decades of research from professors Naomi Halas and Peter Nordlander at Rice University, the photocatalysts are orders of magnitude more active, stable, and efficient than previous photocatalysts, the company says.

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Energy researchers: clean US hydrogen economy is within reach, but needs a game plan

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Addressing climate change requires not only a clean electrical grid, but also a clean fuel to reduce emissions from industrial heat, long-haul heavy transportation, and long-duration energy storage. However, they note, a clean US hydrogen economy will require a comprehensive strategy and a 10-year plan. The authors are: Arun Majumdar, a Jay Precourt Professor and Co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and lead author of the commentary.

Will this metal recycling startup revolutionize the battery and clean energy sectors?


Most of the materials required for batteries and other clean energy technology are dirty to mine. Nth Cycle’s technology was developed at Harvard and Yale universities. million in seed funding led by Boston-based clean energy venture capital company Clean Energy Ventures.

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EPHA: Coronavirus threat greater for polluted cities; clean air returning to cities in lockdown

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So cleaning up the streets is a basic investment for a healthier future. Those living in polluted cities are more at risk from COVID-19, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) warned today.

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Study finds NYC Clean Air Taxi rules successful in cutting pollution

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New York City Clean Air Taxi rules are successful in cutting emissions and reducing air pollution, [link] to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Drexel University. Clean Air Taxi laws do not regulate the city’s 100,000 for-hire vehicles such as Ubers and Lyfts which are governed by separate laws and regulations. —Dustin Fry, MPH, a researcher at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

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Wärtsilä joins €7.9M project to develop clean marine and off-road transport solutions; RCCI in medium-speed engine

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The technology group Wärtsilä is participating in a consortium of Finnish research organisations and leading companies researching means for developing radical new solutions for clean and efficient marine and off-road transport. Led by the University of Vaasa, the Clean Propulsion Technologies project addresses tightening emissions legislation and ways by which new technologies can be employed to create sustainable propulsion solutions.

Will this metal recycling startup revolutionize the battery and clean energy sectors? [Update]


Most of the materials required for batteries and other clean energy technology are dirty to mine. Nth Cycle’s technology was developed at Harvard and Yale universities. million in seed funding led by Boston-based clean energy venture capital company Clean Energy Ventures.

EC proposes 10 new European Partnerships and €10B for green & digital transition; Clean Hydrogen Partnership

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The proposed partnerships aim to improve EU preparedness and response to infectious diseases, develop efficient low-carbon aircraft for clean aviation, support the use of renewable biological raw materials in energy production, ensure European leadership in digital technologies and infrastructures, and make rail transport more competitive. The European Commission proposed setting up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry.

CEC funds $11M project to fast-track commercialization of clean energy technologies: CalTestBed

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has launched a new funded program to help speed the commercialization of clean energy technologies. CalTestBed connects clean energy entrepreneurs with the immense resources within the UC system and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. This effort can dramatically increase the commercialization of clean energy technologies for worldwide markets.

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Academy Bus orders 6 New Flyer electric buses for Columbia University

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The buses will be deployed in 2018 on Columbia University’s Intercampus Shuttle network, operating between locations in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Rockland County serving over 30,000 students per year, with over 20,000 students using the Intercampus Shuttle network per month. The purchase is supported by New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Funds (NYSERDA) focused on advancing clean vehicle technologies in New York.

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University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The Department of Energy and a consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will invest more than $250 million—$70 million in federal funds and more than $180 million in non-federal funds—to launch a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites—the fifth institute to be awarded of the eight national institute competitions launched earlier ( earlier post ).

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80x30: U.S. Clean Energy Standard Accelerates Transition to Renewables

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Joe Biden may have called for 100% clean power in the United States by 2035, but he didn't set a clear path to get there. Outlined in Democrats' proposed budget is a national "clean energy standard." Clean energy projects, such as wind and solar farms, would see a windfall.

Feature: Wind-Powered Cars: Are They Possible?

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The University of Stuttgart designed a wind-powered car. One example is the Ventmobile , built by University of Stuttgart students in 2008. first appeared on Clean Fleet Report. Is Air Power Blowing Over the Horizon?

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Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

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Scientists from Emory University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Air Resources Board teamed to analyze satellite data to determine the 15-year trend of PM 2.5 The study demonstrates the success of California’s air pollution control programs, regulations, enforcement efforts and clean-air plans in regions with the greatest air quality challenges: Southern California and the southern Central Valley.

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NSF Awards RAPID Response Grant to Modular Genetics and University Collaborators to Develop Bio-Dispersants for Oil Spill Clean-Up

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and scientists and engineers at Columbia University, Iowa State University (ISU) and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center to support work on production and testing of bio-dispersants that can replace the chemical dispersants currently used for oil spill management. According to Professor Somasundaran, a dispersant expert from Columbia University, “ use of bio-dispersants should stimulate the rate of natural microbial breakdown of the oil ”.

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Berkeley study finds clean vehicle rebates have predominantly benefited wealthy, white Californians

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The distribution of California’s clean vehicle rebates across different socioeconomic groups has been uneven, with higher income groups more likely to receive rebates, according to a new study by a team from the University of California, Berkeley. There may be other reasons why communities of color aren’t receiving and benefiting from clean vehicle rebates, say Rubin and St-Louis.

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EcoCAR 2 Year One Winner: Mississippi State University

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EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future named Mississippi State University, with its series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle design, the Year One winner at the EcoCAR 2012 Competition in Los Angeles. The 15 universities competing in EcoCAR 2 gathered for six days of judged competition for $100,000 in prize money. The university started competing nine years ago and has since taken first place three times previously.

University of Houston team demonstrates new efficient solar water-splitting catalyst for hydrogen production

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Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) have developed a cobalt(II) oxide (CoO) nanocrystalline catalyst that can carry out overall water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of around 5%. The project involved researchers from UH, along with those from Sam Houston State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Texas State University, Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC, and Sichuan University.

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Materials science as key enabler for clean energy transition

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Materials science as key enabler for clean energy transition Former US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Yi Cui and Nian Liu, all currently at Stanford University, write in a Perspective piece in Nature Materials that research in materials science is contributing to progress towards a sustainable future based on clean energy generation, transmission and distribution, the storage of electrical and chemical energy, energy efficiency, and better energy management systems. “If

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Universal LNG Solutions rolling out Class 8 LNG truck fleet for pilot

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Universal LNG Solutions ( ULNG ) has introduced the first four trucks in a fleet of 95 of liquefied natural gas (LNG) big rigs at the campus of Sancus Energy, an LNG processing technology company. —Jeffrey Liu, CEO of Universal LNG Solutions. The trucks are Freightliner Cascadia models with Cummins Westport ISX 12G 400hp engines and can haul 80,000 pounds of goods for more than 700 miles (1,127 km) per fill-up.

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. research facilities for scientists from universities, industry, and other laboratories, as well as to ORNL researchers: Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC). Images of Li-air cathode produced by neutron-computed tomography. Source: ORNL. Click to enlarge.

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DOE Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute awards ~$10M to 10 projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute ( CESMII ) will award nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable US manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. The selected organizations (and project descriptions) from this first call selection are: University of Connecticut. Penn State University. University of Louisville. University of California, Irvine.

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Cerulogy analysis finds supply of clean fuels for Washington could meet 11.2% CI reduction target by 2028

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Available clean fuels for the state of Washington could meet a 2028 target of 11.2% The research was conducted by Chris Malins, who has a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Sheffield, was formerly Fuels Program Lead at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and is an independent global expert on low carbon and clean fuels policy. —“Washington’s Clean Fuel Future”.

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Universities of Birmingham and Warwick launch new fuels lab

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The UK Universities of Birmingham and Warwick launched a new lab to support investigations into the dynamic aspects of combustion of alternative fuels, as well as gasoline and diesel, with the aim of reducing harmful vehicle exhaust emissions, particularly greenhouse gasses. —Professor Miroslaw Wyszynski, lead investigator from the University of Birmingham’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

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Petrobras and the Federal University of RN inaugurate a pilot plant to cultivate microalgae for biofuel

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Petrobras and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte inaugurated a pilot plant in Extremoz (state of Rio Grande do Norte) for the cultivation of microalgae for biodiesel production. Microalgae production is one of Petrobras’ priority research projects, not just because of the yield potential, but also because the microalgae are active both in CO 2 capture and cleaning up water.

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Colorado State University retrofits two delivery trucks with hydraulic hybrid systems

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Colorado State University will retrofit two internal delivery trucks with fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid systems, paid for by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office. The University anticipates the systems will save it up to $1,700 a year each in fuel and maintenance costs. In addition, the vehicles have lower emissions, furthering CSU’s clean and sustainable initiatives.

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DOE issues request for information on gas clean-up for fuel cell applications

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001331 ) to obtain feedback and opinions from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the report findings from the Gas Clean-up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop. The fuel processors and gas clean-up systems that facilitate modularity and fuel flexibility for a range of fuel cell technologies.

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